Rhubarb Short Cake

This is a family favorite. It does have a lot of sugar to help sweeten the rhubarb, which can be tart. This is the type of recipe that you can play around with and sweeten to taste. I have included the original recipe here (passed down to me by a family friend), but I will generally reduce the amount of sugar by a third when I cook it for my folks.


  • 5 Cups Rhubarb cut into small chunks
  • 4 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 1 ½ Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 ½ Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Corn Starch
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water


  • Baking Pan
  • Bowl
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Measuring Cup
  • Knife
  • Spoon


In a grassed oblong baking pan, put rhubarb and sprinkle with the 2 tablespoons of sugar. Cream 1½ cups sugar and butter together. Sift flour and baking powder together. Pour milk and flour alternately over the rhubarb. Combine the sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Sprinkle over the cake. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.




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